September 25, 2017 | originally posted on Sunshine State News by Allison Nielsen
Former congressional candidate and Brigadier Gen. Mark Bircher is giving political newcomer Berny Jacques the green light for his campaign in Florida’s 66th House District.
On Monday, Bircher sang the praises of Jacques, a lawyer in Tampa Bay.
Today, Berny Jacques, candidate for Florida House District 66, received an endorsement from Brigadier General Mark Bircher.
“Berny’s entire life, by word and by deed, embodies the American Dream of an opportunity, not a destination,” Bircher said. “My endorsement for Berny is based on the belief that he fully understands both the powers and the limitations of government’s role in achieving a prosperous and safe community. He is a gifted young leader experienced in both the public and private business sectors of our community. Courage, compassion, capability.”
Jacques welcomed the endorsement.
“I am honored and humbled to have received the endorsement and confidence of a true American hero and patriot in General Bircher,” Jacques said. “He embodies the very best of our values as Americans as demonstrated over a lifetime commitment to service and dedication to protecting our values and rights as Americans.”
Jacques will face Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee chair Nick DiCeglie for the Republican primary in HD66. DiCeglie announced his candidacy earlier this month.
Both Jacques and DiCeglie are running to replace Rep. Larry Ahern, who faces term limits.